I wish I was in Tiajuana
Eating barbequed iguana
-Wall Of Voodoo, Mexican Radio
Today’s the day that millions of Americans will be firing up those Fourth of July barbecue grills and serving up burgers, hot dogs, steaks and ribs to celebrate our great nation and the freedoms that we enjoy.
There may be a somewhat more exotic fare being served in some parts like South Florida.
BBQ chicken or more accurately “chicken of the trees” as some folks have developed a taste for iguana.
The invasive species is plentiful and according to those who have chewed down on the reptile, it tastes like chicken which is the same description of a variety of other critters that aren’t traditional fare.
Iguanas are an invasive species in Florida, and with the population increasing over the past few years, reports have been popping up about people eating them. https://t.co/IO51Vv7Cio
— KTNV Action News (@KTNV) July 1, 2018
Via KTNV-13 Action News “‘Chicken of the Trees’: People are eating iguanas in Florida”:
Iguanas are an invasive species in Florida and experts have seen an increase in population over the last several years. Whether it’s to help with population control, or if people just find them down right tasty, reports have been popping up across the state about people eating iguanas.
Iguanas are referred to as the “chicken of the trees,” by iguana eaters, because they are said to taste like chicken. Many people enjoy the meat from iguanas because of the high levels of protein it provides. In fact, iguana is a pretty lean meat and contains more protein than chicken.
It’s legal to kill iguanas in Florida, but state law requires that the killings be done in a humane manner. Experts recommend shooting iguanas with pellet guns, stabbing them in the brain, or decapitating them without having them suffer.
As for cooking them… You can fry them, roast them, boil them, skewer them, or even deep fry them.
Peters sauteed the meat with onions and chives, then paired the meat with avocado, sour cream, and salsa to make a burrito.
Chicken of the Trees? South Florida’s recent iguana infestation means a feast for some. So here’s how to make an iguana burrito, courtesy of Brittany Peters, who has a taste for the reptiles. Would you try it? Read more here —> https://t.co/QKZ34AEyjK pic.twitter.com/8pmePu3HQN
— South Florida Sun Sentinel (@SunSentinel) June 29, 2018
More via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:
While many people view South Florida’s invasive iguana population as an annoyance at best and a pandemic at worst, Ishmeal Asson sees something else: lunch.
The Fort Lauderdale resident and native Trinidadian considers eating iguanas to be a way of life. Growing up, Asson learned to roast the island critters at roadside and backyard gatherings. Iguana is a staple in the Caribbean, where the reptiles are a native species and are known as “pollo de los árboles,” or chicken of the trees. Their meat contains more protein than chicken, and members of some cultures believe it has medicinal properties.
In South Florida, Asson is hardly alone in his taste for cooked iguana. He has more than a dozen friends who eat the animal, and they frequently hunt them using nets, snares and traps. “We are having a cookout this weekend,” he said earlier this week.
A word of advice. Better stick to eating what is easily identifiable if you’re a guest at someone else’s place.